The Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has said that those parading themselves as members of The Osun Progressives (TOP) are not speaking the mind of his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on his(Oyetola) second term ambition
Penpushing reports that, the Governor was reacting to allegation against him by faction of the party known as The Osun Progressives (TOP), loyal to Aregbesola, that he (Oyetola) has not been loyal to his predecessor after he took over the office
I’m not too sure that the people that have been saying that are saying his (Aregbesola) mind. I believe he is my brother and I believe at any point in time, he wants my success because I worked very hard for eight years for his own success as well’, he stated.
“If people are saying that (that they won’t support me) I’m not too sure they are telling the story from his own heart. He remains my brother. They are not speaking his mind. Like I said, I don’t see why he would not be willing to support me if the people say they want me’,Oyetola added.
Penpushing further reports that, the Governor who was appearing on a live radio programme as part of activities to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the creation Osun State, declared that he won’t allow the threat by the group that they would not support his second term ambition to distract him
“Talking about issue of second term, my attitude is to deliver on what I am currently doing. I don’t want to be distracted. It is service to the people. However, we have not gotten to that level (election). It is God that gives power. His appointment is not negotiable. It is God’s wish that I am the Governor today. So, the issue of second term is left to God and the people of Osun to decide”, he emphasised
Penpushing reports that, Oyetola, however, posited that having worked for the success of Aregbesola to be Governor for eight years, there was no reason he (Aregbesola) would not support his own bid for a second term.
The Chairman of the group in response, declared that the Governor is entitled to his opinion, stressing that the issue of second term was not their interest, adding that if the Governor is interested, it is the party that will decide if fit to re-contest.
“Aregbesola is our leader and the Chairman of the Board of trustee of TOP. He said it openly that he believes in the ideology of TOP, he said it openly. The real issue we have is not about second term but the party.“If he (the governor) is interested in second term, let him show interest and the party will decide on who contest with the party’s ticket”, Adebiyi stated
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